Rick Galusha's Pacific St. Blues and Americana

Since inception (1989), Pacific St. Blues & Americana strives to be a discerning voice helping roots fans sift through the mountains of music released every year. We are not for everyone; we want to engage active, critical listeners that hear beyond d'jour. Interviews include: Johnny Winter, Bill Wyman (Rolling Stones), Jerry Wexler, Tommy Shannon & Chris Layton, B.B. King, Dr. John, Robin Trower, Robben Ford, Mato Nanji, Joe Bonamassa, Harry Manx, Sue Foley, Marshall Chess, Billy Lee Riley, Charlie Louvin, Kim Richey, Radney Foster, Eric Johnson, David Clayton Thomas, Al Kooper, Phil Chen (Wired, Blow By Blow), Ian McLagan, Art Neville, Southside Johnny, Miami Steve Van Zant, Nils Lofgren, Bruce Iglauer, Charlie Musselwhite, Studebaker John, Chris Duarte, Smokin' Joe Kubeck, Hamilton Loomis, Peter Karp, Roomful of Blues, James Harman, Hadden Sayers, Malford Milligan, Melvin Taylor, Otis Taylor, Dave Alvin, Coco Montoya, Jimmy Thackery, Marsha Ball, Maria Muldaur, Shelby Lynne, Magic Dick & J. Geils, Lil' Milton, BuddyGuy, Aynsley Lister, Matt Schofield, Susan Tedeschi, Derek Trucks, Guy Clark, Joe Ely, James Cotton, Robin & Jesse Davey, Hugh Coltman (Hoax), Sean Kelly (Samples), John Entwistle (The Who), Mark Olson (Jayhawks), Walter Wolfman Washington, Anthony Gomes, Bob Malone, Chubby Carrier, Buckwheat Zydeco, Murali Coryell, David Jacob Strain, DeAnna Bogart, Michael Lee Firkins, Guy Davis, Jason Ricci, John Doe, Little Feat, Matt Woods, MikeZito, Peter Buffett, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Corky Siegel, Todd Park Mohr, Watermelon Slim, Magic Slim, Corey Harris,- - - - - - ------------------------Radio archives: http://www.kiwrblues.podomatic.com/. Playlists: http://www.omahablues.com/ Reviews featured in http://www.blueswax.com/. Email: KIWRblues@gmail.com Live online; Sundays 9 a.m. (-6 GMT) http://www.897theriver.com/

Sunday, March 30, 2008

What's On serial - July 21, 2005

Whats on @ PS Blues 07252005 Friday, July 22, 2005

It seems that summer, more than any other season, can associate fond memories of carefree times with the great music you were listening to at the time; weddings, high school graduations, dating and new drivers licenses.

By accident I’ve stumbled across a couple of ‘pop’ records which evoked that light, lilting sense of summer that I seem to have been missing these past few decades.

Artist: Gabin
Title: Mr. Freedom
Release: August 23rd

Featuring vocalists Dee Dee Bridgewater and Edwyn Collins, Gabin is a crisp, poppy record with short, well written tunes and lyrics that have no higher message. This is pure disposable pop music that has entrancing Bossa Nova rythmns, catchy melody lines, non-traditional instrumentation. This is pure fun and quite enjoyable. With only ten tracks on the album you know the artists understand space and brevity!

Because of it’s quirky rythmns and hip sampling entwined with jazzy piano and flute riffs, for whatever reason, I see this album as especially attractive to women. I dunno - like reggae it will make gals move their hips ever so seductively. If you’re looking for something fresh and tasty, something that doesn’t imply angst to understand, something fun, something summery; this is a perfect album to wrap your summer memories around.

Artist: The Greenhornes
Title: East Grand Blues
Rating: Very Good
Release: August 2nd

More than anything this albums smacks of a great hybrid of the Byrds meet the Mama’s & the Papa’s with the occasional Eric Burden (Animals) flair. Pure 60’s sensibilites. Produced by Brendan Benson, the Greenhornes are from Cincinnati and will be touring with The White Stripes this summer. Once again, it’s light & fresh with that Byrds Rickenbacker sound (which they lifted from the Beatles).

The Greenhornes have captured the sound of rock radio when it was young and made it their own. This is a brilliant pop-psychadelic album that has no higher signifance other than your enjoyment. Well written songs that will linger on your mind. The track, ‘Pattern Skies’ is heavily influenced by the Kink’s [‘Set Me Free (Little Girl)].’ If you enjoy Tom Petty, who was clearly influenced by the Byrds, then the Greenhornes are a natural progression of that sound. It’s nice to hear a new band that understands the past and draws from it’s best influences.

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